Native American Ecological Education Symposium, 2014

SOU Native American Ecological Education Symposium

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To establish an eco-cultural network bridging Native American ecological practices of past, present and future with educational development and contemporary actions for environmental restoration and ecological stewardship on behalf of future generations.

In partnership with the Southern Oregon University Native American Studies Program and The Native American Student Union, Lomakatsi helped organize the 2014 Native American Ecological Education Symposium held at SOU on Friday and Saturday, April 25 and 26th. Leaders from tribes and tribal communities of Southern Oregon and Northern California, ecosystem restoration and conservation organizations, and federal land management agencies gave informative presentations to peers and attendees from the local community on important projects and initiatives. Topics discussed included tribal forest habitat restoration initiatives, tribal traditional food recovery, native education initiatives, traditional ecological knowledge, tribal aquatic habitat restoration, and more. To view the symposium program, click here. For those who are interested in the information that was provided at the symposium but were not able to attend, we are uploading pdf versions of presentations as they become available:

Marko Bey, Lomakatsi Executive Director: “Developing Tribal Ecosystem Workforce Initiatives for the Implementation of Landscape Scale Forest Restoration in the Upper Klamath Basin”, 58 pp.

Jillienne Bishop, Director of Watershed Education: “Klamath Youth Stewardship Project: Involving Youth in the Restoration of their Resources”, 23 pp.

Kerry L. Metlen, Darren Borgias, and Derek Olson, The Nature Conservancy: “Forensic Forestry: Reconstructing Historic Conditions for Forest Restoration”, 40 pp.

Trevor Super, Tribal Youth Program Coordinator, US Fish and Wildlife Service: “Klamath Basin Tribal Youth Program “, 13 pp.

Symposium Organizers

SOU-LOGO-BlackNative American Studies is an interdisciplinary academic program in the College of Arts and Sciences. The Native American Studies program aims to educate all students about the Native experience and the rich cul-tural heritage of the indigenous peoples of Oregon and North America.

The Native American Student Union at Southern Oregon University is a student organization that strives to serve the student body in many ways. We work to provide social and educational support to Native American Students, to raise awareness of contemporary Native American cultures and issues, and to sponsor educational and cultural programs for the campus and community.

logogrn, 125x94, CMYKLomakatsi Restoration Project is a non-profit, grassroots organization that develops and implements forest and watershed restoration projects in Oregon and northern California. Since 1995, Lomakatsi has successfully implemented restoration projects across thousands of acres of forests and miles of streams.

Donations and Sponsorships Provided by:

The Cow Creek Band of Umpqua Tribe of Indians, Coquille Indian Tribe Native American Student Union, Native American Studies Program, The Provost of Southern Oregon University, Donovan (Beth A. Leone), Dana Nelson (Three Penny Mercantile), Ashland Food Coop.

Deep Gratitude to:

Grandma Agnes Baker Pilgrim; The Indigenous Peoples of Oregon and California; All of our guest speakers for generously sharing their wisdom with us this weekend.

Special Thanks To:

The Following Tribes: Klamath Tribes, Pit River Tribe, Cow Creek Tribe, and the Confederated Tribes of Siletz. The Woodsmen Drum Marko Bey and Alicia Fitzgerald of Lomakatsi Restoration Project for investing countless hours in organizing and planning this year’s event.

The following individuals of the SOU community for their time, encouragement, moral support, and volunteer efforts:

David West, Brent Florendo, Patricia Halleran, Sarah Mues, Caitlin Mezger-Sieg, Dr. Jean Maxwell, Dr. Jessica Piekielek, Dr. Anne Chambers, Dr. Dee Southard, Terry Knowles, Bonnie Monnin, TaSheena George, Frankie Tripp, Chava Florendo, Kay Swader, Tamra at A’Viands, The 2014 graduating class of Anthropology and Native American Studies

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